Summer is waning and colder weather is just around the corner. Even living in sunny California there’s a chance for some cooler, rainy days. While many appreciate the cooler temperatures, if you wear hearing aids it’s important to know how to care for them in colder weather to avoid damage.
With a few extra precautions, however, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the fall and wintry weather. Below are common causes of problems for hearing aids in cold weather and tips that will help you protect them.
Snow and Rain
When it’s cold and wet, condensation can occur inside your hearing aid. This happens especially when you go from extreme temperature changes like coming into a warm house after walking in heavy rain or snowfall. Over time this buildup of moisture causes corrosion on parts the hearing aids which may lead to reduced battery life, acoustic feedback and even power failure issues.
In order to prevent corrosion, take out your hearing aids and use a dehumidifier or drying box made for them. Let the device dry overnight with no batteries in it so that air circulates inside the aid and you avoid battery damage.
While many newer hearing aids come with noise-canceling features, intense wind can still create irritating sounds for some people with hearing aids. Talk to your audiologist about what might work best or try using a hearing sleeve when it’s windy outside.
Hats and Hoods
Wearing hats or hoods can cause feedback, a high-pitched whistling noise, which can be unpleasant and interfere with your hearing. If you’re noticing feedback with your current hats, consider picking up a chunky knit close-fitting hat or umbrella at West Field Century City.
While winter weather can pose a few problems for your hearing aids, following the tips above should be enough to protect them from damage. For more information about caring for your hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with an audiologist, call The House Institute Hearing Health Centers today.